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reality_groove
Dec 27, 2007



Hey thread, I need a restaurant for a birthday dinner for 2, somewhere affordable in the Marylebone/Fitzrovia area, preferably chinese/japanese? I was looking at Crazy Bear but I get the feeling there are authentic, better value options out there...

Any ideas?

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The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


I like Yoisho on Goodge Street. Nice authentic Japanese feel.

Lenin Riefenstahl
Sep 18, 2003

That's enough! Out of here, you tubs of beer!

angor posted:

I have a friend who will be coming to London for a week, staying near St. Pancras station. He's looking for good food. He's open to suggestions, but definitely wants one GOOD Indian place (doesn't have to be fancy, food needs to be outstanding) and one place where he can get game (venison, grouse, boar, etc.).

He'll be in town for a week, mostly museum hopping, so anything near Tate Britain, British Museum, the British Library, the V&A, the Courtauld, and the National Gallery is also fair game (heh).

Any recommendations?

Ahdinko posted:

Tayyabs has come up a few times in this thread I think, supposed to be a pretty good indian and its bring your own booze too

http://www.tayyabs.co.uk/

I wouldn't go to Tayyabs these days. You'll be queuing forever and the food's not as good as it was.

I'd recommend Rasa in Stoke Newington. Hop on the 73 or 476 from kings cross, it'll take 30 mins or so. There's two opposite each other, one a vegetarian and the other not. Really good and interesting, and Stokey has a nice (gentrified) village feel. The Jolly Butchers is just by there as well, which stocks a good selection of beers.

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

Lenin Riefenstahl posted:

I'd recommend Rasa in Stoke Newington.

Yes! This place is excellent. I've eaten at both the meaty and the veggie one and love them. It's Keralan festival food which is nice because it's really quite distinct from the style of Indian you tend to get elsewhere. I'd really encourage anyone to try the veggie place even if they are meat fans - I love eating meat and yet the food experience in the veggie one is perhaps more exceptional.

therattle
Jul 24, 2007

I'm a family man - I run a family business. This is my son and my partner, H.W.


Soiled Meat

ineptmule posted:

Yes! This place is excellent. I've eaten at both the meaty and the veggie one and love them. It's Keralan festival food which is nice because it's really quite distinct from the style of Indian you tend to get elsewhere. I'd really encourage anyone to try the veggie place even if they are meat fans - I love eating meat and yet the food experience in the veggie one is perhaps more exceptional.

There used to be one in Soho. It's good

Loving Africa Chaps
Dec 3, 2007


We had not left it yet, but when I would wake in the night, I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.



Lenin Riefenstahl posted:

I wouldn't go to Tayyabs these days. You'll be queuing forever and the food's not as good as it was.

I'd recommend Rasa in Stoke Newington. Hop on the 73 or 476 from kings cross, it'll take 30 mins or so. There's two opposite each other, one a vegetarian and the other not. Really good and interesting, and Stokey has a nice (gentrified) village feel. The Jolly Butchers is just by there as well, which stocks a good selection of beers.

definitely going to check this out

Anae
Apr 23, 2008


South-east stuff anyone? Hit me.

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


Anae posted:

South-east stuff anyone? Hit me.

Greenwich market on a Saturday is full of awesome and varied food stalls.

I liked Saigon Buffet last time I went there (2002).

Onion Rings
Sep 20, 2001


The_Doctor posted:

Greenwich market on a Saturday is full of awesome and varied food stalls.

I liked Saigon Buffet last time I went there (2002).

I now live like 5 minutes walk from the Greenwich market. My recommendations if you are there on the weekend are the Ethiopian stall or the red cow carvery roast beef sandwich / plate. There are also churros and I believe a guy just recently started doing stroopwaffels as well for dessert.

lordlimpet
Apr 9, 2005
that one in the corner

Fun Shoe

Had the empanada the other week at Greenwich market, had the squits for two days and not the most inspiring taste, maybe avoid?

lordlimpet
Apr 9, 2005
that one in the corner

Fun Shoe

Just the empanada that is, the other food there is actually delicious and non-poisonous!

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

I have a longish layover at Heathrow coming up. I'm meeting family somewhere close by for breakfast. Any good breakfast spots? It's also my brother's birthday, so somewhere nice-ish would be perfect.

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


angor posted:

I have a longish layover at Heathrow coming up. I'm meeting family somewhere close by for breakfast. Any good breakfast spots? It's also my brother's birthday, so somewhere nice-ish would be perfect.

I wasn't aware you could leave air side in Heathrow for a layover like that. We're a lot more stringent about that than the U.S. Also, there's really nothing around Heathrow, the whole area is pretty much a dump. Hotels, industrial estates and warehouses.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

The_Doctor posted:

I wasn't aware you could leave air side in Heathrow for a layover like that. We're a lot more stringent about that than the U.S. Also, there's really nothing around Heathrow, the whole area is pretty much a dump. Hotels, industrial estates and warehouses.

Yeah, you can. You have to go to the counter near the electronics shops and tell them you want to leave, and why. They'll escort you out. They do this on the hour, every hour. (This is the process in T5 anyways, haven't done this in the other terminals.)

Shame there's nothing nearby. It's too bad they can't come into the airport to hit up Plane Food or Waga's.

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


There's usually a pub or restaurant in the terminal on land side. T4 has a Cafe Rouge, T3 has a Wetherspoons, not sure what T5 has though. How long is your layover? Your peeps might be able to grab you and drive you out of the industrial wastelands to somewhere they know perhaps?

You've reminded me I have a 7 hour layover in Chicago soon, so I'll be escaping the airport and heading downtown for food.

therattle
Jul 24, 2007

I'm a family man - I run a family business. This is my son and my partner, H.W.


Soiled Meat

T5 has a Carluccios. Could do worse. It's not plane side.

Loving Africa Chaps
Dec 3, 2007


We had not left it yet, but when I would wake in the night, I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.



therattle posted:

T5 has a Carluccios. Could do worse. It's not plane side.

That's probably the best best. Its a total shithole for miles around Heathrow.

sweek0
May 22, 2006

Let me fall out the window
With confetti in my hair
Deal out jacks or better
On a blanket by the stairs
I'll tell you all my secrets
But I lie about my past


Loving Africa Chaps posted:

That's probably the best best. Its a total shithole for miles around Heathrow.

I was thinking train into Ealing but even then there's nothing particularly interesting there for breakfast.

Lenin Riefenstahl
Sep 18, 2003

That's enough! Out of here, you tubs of beer!

If it's very longish maybe take the Piccadilly line into London? Takes a while, but it's convenient and gets your right into the heart of the city.

angor
Nov 14, 2003
teen angst

therattle posted:

T5 has a Carluccios. Could do worse. It's not plane side.

Yeah, there's a pub there as well that serves breakfast. I was just wondering if there was anything worthwhile close by, which it doesn't seem like there is.

The layover is 8 hours, so I have a bit of time. Might make the trek to Central and meet them there.

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

angor posted:

Yeah, there's a pub there as well that serves breakfast. I was just wondering if there was anything worthwhile close by, which it doesn't seem like there is.

The layover is 8 hours, so I have a bit of time. Might make the trek to Central and meet them there.

Even if you only go as far in as Hammersmith your options will expand a hell of a lot. There really is nothing around Heathrow.

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


angor posted:

Yeah, there's a pub there as well that serves breakfast. I was just wondering if there was anything worthwhile close by, which it doesn't seem like there is.

The layover is 8 hours, so I have a bit of time. Might make the trek to Central and meet them there.

Oh well, if you've got 8 hours, grab the Heathrow express to Paddington and central London is your oyster!

Lenin Riefenstahl
Sep 18, 2003

That's enough! Out of here, you tubs of beer!

You're also on the underground going straight into central London. With 8 hours to kill do that or the train

drgitlin
Jul 25, 2003

Welcome to my ignore list, cretin. BAZINGA!


angor posted:

I have a longish layover at Heathrow coming up. I'm meeting family somewhere close by for breakfast. Any good breakfast spots? It's also my brother's birthday, so somewhere nice-ish would be perfect.

The breakfast buffet at the Terminal 5 Hilton (actually a 10 m cab ride away) is jolly good.

Brand New Malaysian Wife
Apr 4, 2007
I encourage children who are bullied to kill themselves. In fact, I get off to it. Pedophilia-snuff films are the best. More abused children need to kill themselves.

Little Social was wonderful. Great food and ambience as well as music. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to Primal Scream while I devoured all the deliciousness.

Bollock Monkey
Jan 21, 2007
The Almighty

Opinions on the Big Easy, Covent Garden?

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


Bollock Monkey posted:

Opinions on the Big Easy, Covent Garden?

Went there for my birthday back in October. I think I had the 'Taste-O-Rama' bbq platter. Bland, overly dry, not particularly warm food. Very disappointing. YMMV as my bf enjoyed his.

Rolled Cabbage
Sep 3, 2006


What are opinions on big number birthday suitable ribs type places? Been to the one on the corner near carnaby st (name escapes me) and thought it was nice but not wow.

Alternately good dim sum or sushi suggestions also welcome. We went to HKK for my birthday recently and to alan wong last year for his, as well as rokka, yautcha and hakkasan, so somewhere outside of those would be nice to try.

reality_groove
Dec 27, 2007



Outside of Bodeans there's Duke's in Haggerston. More expensive and a smaller menu but what they do, they do very well.


I went to Made in Italy just off James Street this week. It's one of a small chain of maybe 8 restaurants around London, I've also been to the Earls Court one. They do pizza by the metre, and it's pretty authentic stuff. Seemed to be staffed by Italians and there were other Italians eating there. Ordered more pizza than we could eat, took it home and had it for breakfast the next day. Amazing. Made up for their suprisingly disappointing tiramisu.

Brand New Malaysian Wife
Apr 4, 2007
I encourage children who are bullied to kill themselves. In fact, I get off to it. Pedophilia-snuff films are the best. More abused children need to kill themselves.

reality_groove posted:

Outside of Bodeans there's Duke's in Haggerston. More expensive and a smaller menu but what they do, they do very well.


I went to Made in Italy just off James Street this week. It's one of a small chain of maybe 8 restaurants around London, I've also been to the Earls Court one. They do pizza by the metre, and it's pretty authentic stuff. Seemed to be staffed by Italians and there were other Italians eating there. Ordered more pizza than we could eat, took it home and had it for breakfast the next day. Amazing. Made up for their surprisingly disappointing tiramisu.

I went to this branch about six months ago with a large group and when a couple in our group left early and tried to pay for what they had (the set menu price and a couple of drinks) the waiter and manager absolutely lost their poo poo when these people declined to pay the service charge (no idea why they didn't want to, this was going on at the till downstairs while the rest of us were still eating/drinking) and started interrogating the rest of our group quite aggressively until we assured them that we would pay for the service charge for everyone, including the two that declined. The pizza was good but I wouldn't go back due to the ferocity of the staff. The service was basic at best anyway.

Brand New Malaysian Wife fucked around with this message at Jan 29, 2015 around 15:07

sweat poteto
Feb 16, 2006

Everybody's gotta learn sometime

I've only refused to pay service once (Dishoom, Covent Garden) and the waiter couldn't handle it. The whole thing is a farce - either bake it into the prices, or leave it up to the diner. Specifying an optional gratuity then flipping out is ridiculous.

Brand New Malaysian Wife
Apr 4, 2007
I encourage children who are bullied to kill themselves. In fact, I get off to it. Pedophilia-snuff films are the best. More abused children need to kill themselves.

Yeah, in my experience 'optional service charge' is rarely optional.

ineptmule
Dec 3, 2005

Not suited, just booted.


College Slice

That's the thing isn't it - you can't withhold it without making it a huge deal. It's probably working as intended because if you really want to withhold the tip, you'll actually have to tell someone at the restaurant why their service wasn't up to scratch rather than simply not dumping your change on the table and shuffling out quietly.

It means you sometimes get actual feedback about your service but it massively discourages the feedback from happening.

I do think that people working in the industry should be a little more prepared to see tips withheld from time to time, unless they are really confident in their level of service.

That's my long train journey opinion of someone who has no idea what they're talking about.

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


Yeah, it's a nasty habit we've picked up from the Americans. At least there they have a reason. $2-3 an hour, and then the rest is made up with tips. You're directly paying the wait staff.

Here, because of our labour laws, they get a full proper wage. I'd feel comfortable tipping if they went above and beyond what is expected for normal service, otherwise no. Often UK waitstaff are miserable as gently caress and seem to give as little a poo poo as possible, so why should I tip at all, or feel compelled to pay more for service?

sweek0
May 22, 2006

Let me fall out the window
With confetti in my hair
Deal out jacks or better
On a blanket by the stairs
I'll tell you all my secrets
But I lie about my past


I really don't think we want to start another tipping discussion on SA. Not even about UK-specific tipping.

I went to 8 Hoxton Square this week and it was pretty excellent. Really simple meals, not much fuss, lovely service and great wine at reasonable prices. So yeah.

Ahdinko
Oct 27, 2007

WHAT A LOVELY DAY


So where is good for brazillian all you can eat BBQ in London? I've been to the Rodizio Rico in angel a couple of times but I wanted to mix it up and go somewhere else

The_Doctor
Mar 29, 2007

"The entire history of this incarnation is one of temporal orbits, retcons, paradoxes, parallel time lines, reiterations, and divergences. How anyone can make head or tail of all this chaos, I don't know."


Ahdinko posted:

So where is good for brazillian all you can eat BBQ in London? I've been to the Rodizio Rico in angel a couple of times but I wanted to mix it up and go somewhere else

Preto Rodizio on Shaftesbury Avenue is pretty good (and cheaper), but Rico is definitely the better of the two.

DrAlexanderTobacco
Jun 11, 2012

Help me find my true dharma

Hey guys,

For the past few months I've been working a couple of days a week on St Martins' Lane - Just by Leicester Square. Does anyone have any recommended places nearby I could stop at, for lunch with colleagues? I've toured up and down the lane and I'm looking to branch out a little more. Not in London that often.

peanut-
Feb 17, 2004


Fun Shoe

You're pretty much in prime restaurant area there.

Chinatown is good for cheap lunch options - Leong's Legends and Baozi Inn are both stock recommendations. Shake Shack in Covent Garden is actually good if you want burgers, in spite of the queue.

If it's slightly more of an occasion Kopapa and Dishoom (both on St Martin's Lane I think) are excellent, as is Flesh & Buns up by 7 Dials.

And obviously you're within walking distance of two branches of Scoff and Banter, an essential London destination.

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Rolled Cabbage
Sep 3, 2006


Terroirs, Hawksmore and Opera Tavern are all nearby. Not sure if you'd have to book for lunch or not though. Terroirs and Opera are easily in my top 5 restaurants in London, and worth stopping by even if you can't do for lunch.

Also not so much a 'recommendation' as such, but you should also stop by the Chandos for a pint if you've never done it.


Also thank you reality_groove for the recommendation!

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